Most of your points on this very popular carol have been covered by now.
Words originally by Fr. Ronald Rankin of Morar. Possibly added to since by
other hands. Tune traditional.
George's version probably clears up any other questions - such as 'mnà' for
The best Gaelic hymn-book with words and music is "Seinnibh dhan Tighearna"
produced by the Argyll and the Isles diocese in 1986. ISBN 086209068 7.
Obviously biased towards the Catholic liturgy - but there are 18 carols which
are now ecumenical. Some very respected names worked on it - including Ishabel
T Macdonald and Kenna Campbell. It was ridiculously cheap at the time (about £3
or $5) and may still be available from Comhairle nan Leabhraichean.
It also has 29 verses and has the last line of verse 1 as "Chan fhiù mi fhèin
bhith 'd dhàil" (usual Gaelic omission of the second of two successive vowel
Le gach deagh dhùrachd agus beannachdan na Nollaige,
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